How much of your life have you spent (wasted?) trying to be normal? I constructed my life around the mythical land of Normal, but someone has different plans for me. Last year we were told our son wasn't 'normal', so now we're packing up old prejudices, our preconceived notions and unrealistic expectations, and we're moving out of Normal to a different... possibly better neighbourhood.
You too will find yourself, no matter who you are, joining me in this place where the only true measure of normal is which kind of weird you are. This blog will explore a journey most of us will take at some point: letting go of preconceptions about ‘normal’, peeling our fingers off the image we had of what our lives ‘should’ look like, and having the courage to re-imagine the piece of time we are given in this world.
You are now leaving Normal.
"A nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there!"
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I live in a city fondly nicknamed “Winterpeg” (Winnipeg, MB, Canada) which, despite its often frigid temps, is a wonderful city. Small enough to be a community and big enough to have all the cultural attractions my family enjoys. I have a BA in History and work as a Policy Analyst for the Federal Government, on leave to raise my kids. I have 3 boys: a happy 1 year baby Seth, and a fascinating 6 ½ year old Simon (with SPD and Aspergers), and an alternately annoying/awesome 16 year old step-son (I do not recall being annoying as a teenager, do you ;). I also have an underappreciated husband. Everything in my house is a boy, including the dog, the guinea pig, the fish and the dust bunnies. Some days I admit I would give my left ovary for nail polish and a tea party… but mostly, I feel honoured to nurture and learn from these young men. I am an extremely creative person, which is not so much a compliment to myself as it is a life-long curse. I write, paint, and dabble in photography and when deprived of a creative outlet become a wee bit testy. One day I hope to write the next great Canadian novel, but admittedly, I will settle for just not completely screwing up my kids.
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Snicker Doodles by Linda Drake (besides being GFCFSF, these have the added benefit of being very crunchy, which works if you have an oral seeking child like I do - if you have an oral defensive child who will only eat mushy foods, this one's not for you)!
Cream: 1 cup shortening 1 and 1/2 cup brown sugar 2 eggs Add in: 2 and 1/2 tsp cream of tartar 1 tsp soda 1/2 tsp salt 2 and 3/4 cups Gluten Free Flour blend Chill dough and roll into small balls Roll in a mixture of 2 TBSP brown sugar and 2 tsp cinnamon Place on a greased pan and bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Let cool and remove from pan. Cool and store in air tight container.